Groups from across the United States continue to speak out for, and against, the gay couple who were denied service by a cake shop in Lakewood, CO back in 2012.
The couple, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, were denied service by Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who claimed that he had the right to refuse service because selling them a cake would violate his religious beliefs.
“While we’re disappointed that the courts continue debating the simple question of whether LGBT people deserve to be treated like everyone else, we hope that our case helps ensure that no one has to experience being turned away simply because of who they are,” Craig said in a statement earlier this year.
Mullins and Craig are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado, and the Denver civil rights law firm King & Greisen. They have faced considerable pressure from the highest offices in the United States, including from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Trump administration. Earlier this year, the DOJ filed a brief on behalf of Phillips, claiming that his decision to not sell his cakes to the couple was within his First Amendment rights.
Louise Melling, the deputy legal counsel of the ACLU, was outspoken in her resistance to this statement released by the DOJ.
“Even in an administration that has already made its hostility” toward the gay community clear, Melling said, “I find this nothing short of shocking.”
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